Award Ceremony 2015
On June 18, 2015, Michael Douglas received the second annual Genesis Prize at a ceremony in Jerusalem. The event, hosted by comedian Jay Leno, highlighted the importance of inclusion for intermarried families, as well as the role of Jews in Hollywood and Broadway. It featured speeches and presentations from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Genesis Prize Co-Founder Michael Fridman, 2015 Genesis Prize Laureate Michael Douglas, and Israeli model and actress Bar Refaeli.
Michael Fridman discussed the need for a prize that recognizes how an individual has “enriched Jewish identity as a result of their personal endeavor” in an age when the “temptation and ease of assimilation is greater.”
Michael Douglas accepted the Genesis Prize with grace, “Abraham’s tent was open on all four sides so that he could welcome people from all directions. Abraham is our tradition’s hero of hospitality, and I strongly believe that Judaism should reflect the spirit of welcome in the tradition that began with Abraham’s tent, and this tent, this Jewish home, is one from which I will continue to try to live by the Jewish values handed down to me from my Dad and now handed up to me from my son.”